Archive for May, 2018

Mat 16.18

“…Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”


The “gates of hell” can’t prevail against the church Christ is Building (Mat 16.18).

The “gates of hell” can & will prevail against all other “churches” – they’re built by men.

– eab, 5/30/18


“There is always in it [act of sin] an attitude of defiance and rejection of authority and the decision to go ‘one’s own way.’”

– L D Wilcox, /Profiles in Wesleyan Theology/


Have you been robbed? At church? Have you been robbed of singing the classic Hymns of the English-speaking world? When is the last time your congregation sang a Hymn by Charles Wesley? By Isaac Watts? A great deal of theology is stitched into Hymnology – are you being robbed of this vast written wealth?  Some church-goers only sing 3 or 4 songs/Hymns per Lord’s Day. To entirely miss the world of classic Hymns week-by-week is a shame.

– eab, 5/30/18



Just beyond the door called death

After we’ve drawn our very last breath

We’ll understand, as ne’er before

Heaven has no “ceiling” * hell no “floor.” *

* > Can’t prove either – – – food for thought <

– eab, May 2015


1Co 10.20

“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God…”


All idols are idle but don’t let that fool you – no idol is innocent! A man who does not worship your idol sees how foolish it is but alas, idol worship has blinded you to its stupidity. And you may see how senseless HIS idol is, yet he’s blind to that. “…Keep yourselves from idols…” (1Jo 5.21).

– eab, 5/31/18


“Those who disagree in love may well be closer together than those who agree without love.”

– Andrew W Blackwood,


A conscious young person wants to endorse “A” or oppose “Z.” His family hopefully will be his first supporters. His school may join his ideals or be more contemporary than Biblical. His church can be his last chance for encouragement. Pastor, be careful to not misguide a tender conscience. His/her scheme may need tweaked (Pastor, you’re in a unique position to do that.) but pray that God will help you to point them to Jesus. He knows exactly how much they need to move this way or that, when to do so, & at what rate. Oh, that God give you wisdom.

– eab, 5/31/18

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2Ti 4.2

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”


If you’re a Biblical preacher (& live long enough) you’ll eventually preach holiness & hopefully become a “holiness preacher.” And, if/when you stop preaching holiness, you become a non-Biblical preacher.

– eab, 5/15/18


“Only use the world but enjoy God.”

– John Wesley


Man is mean to “man.” No animal (with which I’m acquainted) begins-to-be-as-mean to his same species as man is purposefully cruel to humans. The only reason for such brutality is sin – animals do not sin!

– eab, 5/29/18


Preach Christ

It’s not the preacher’s job

To laud “current event,”

Nor march or even die,

“Social ills” to prevent.

But he’s to state that Christ

To the cross gladly went,

Bringing salvation, which

“Religion” can’t invent.

– eab, 5/30/07


Mat 19.19

“Honor thy father and thy mother and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” [emphasis added]


Be True. Be true to your parents (even if they were untrue to you). Be true to your life’s companion (even if he/she was untrue to you). Be true to God – He HAS been true to you. And – – – Be true to yourself – starting in this hour.

– eab, 5/30/18


“One can afford to be in a minority, but he cannot afford to be wrong.”

– Wm Jennings Bryan, /In His Image/


A high percentage of Hymns (words sung about the greatest “Him,” Jesus Christ) were penned as stand-alone-poems. Some were written years before being set to music & make perfect sense without a melody. By strong contrast, many of the contemporary “songs” being repeated (& repeated L) in modern churches do not rhyme. Some were “written” by musicians & are of no literary value. If the music at your place of worship will not bless, & perhaps convict, if read without instruments & swaying, you should let the pastor/board know you’re unhappy.

– eab, 5/30/18

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Joh 12.32

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”


Jesus Christ IS attractive!

His Conception is the Only such Miracle.

His 12-year-old-temple-experience, the most Pictorial.

His Healings, the most Historical.

His Teachings, the Highest Possible.

His “mockery of a trial,” the most Despicable.

His Death, the most Horrible.

His Resurrection, the most Admirable.

His 40-day stay afterward, the most Exceptional.

His Ascension, the most Incomparable.

And His Coming Again – is the most Predictable.

– eab, 5/7/18


“When I got serious with God, God got serious with me.”

B J Walker, sermon 8/4/09


Every earthling must live on a continent (or a boat – in reality, a floating “island”) but he doesn’t have to be content with his continent. We were made for the upper, much better, much bigger World – Heaven. Prepare!

– eab, 5/19/18


Book of Life

When the angel looks at the “Book of Life”

Will he find you had love, or lots of strife?

Did you love your neighbor across the way

Enough to smile, wave, enough to pray?

And the guy who went to that different church

Or did not go – did you leave him in a lurch?

Actions not only speak here on this earth,

Judgment Day will find them of great “worth.”

– eab, 5/28/15


Luk 1.41

“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb…”


There’s a serious mental disconnect when a man can cruelly enslave his fellowman (past or present) saying, “They’re not human.” There’s huge irrational rationale when a man can kill (& take the possessions) of his fellowman (past or present) proclaiming, “They’re not human.”

– eab, 5/29/18


“After a man has been in the ministry 8 or 10 yrs his files should contain the results of his studies in almost every book of the Bible.”

– Andrew W Blackwood


When a man & his wife can decide that the “fetal tissue” she is carrying is not human they’re being incoherent, illogical. A previous similar seed & sperm were carried full-term & is now a blond-haired daughter or a dark-haired son. Why not this seed & sperm?  Because this “one” is not wanted?

– eab, 5/29/18

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Mar 12.10

“And have ye not read this Scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:”


The greatest Being “in the world” (past, now, or next) is an Author. He wrote the Classic of all classics. Have you read it – – – even once?  Have you read a little of it Today?

– eab, 5/15/18


“Charles H Parman and [William] Seymour, the founders of the Tongues Movement in the U.S., both accused each other of receiving the gift of tongues from the devil.”

– A L Vess, fr his /Bible on Tongues/


Will the thing you “have to have,” (your habit/hobby/hang-up) be in heaven? (Do you honestly expect it to be in hell?) If it’s doubtful that your obsession, passion, your mania is Up there, break away from it now. “I can’t” With the Power of Christ you can. “Frankly, I really don’t want to break from it.” I appreciate your honesty but NOW is the time to leave it – while you’re in your right mind, while you’ve time to repent.




I passed a field the other day,

That in summer’s past

Had always been in hay.

And there I saw it laid open wide

With some gashes that

A plow put in its side.


Brown, yes, reddish brown,

Was the ground,

That the implement of man

Had turned down.

Row after row of little hills,

With valleys and daises,

Thrown in for frills.


Now – the farmer hadn’t planned

To leave those flowers.

As witnesses of nature, brittle towers,

But nature’s not as weak

As may suppose.

And the strongest things

She has she always grows.

– eab, May 1969 (written in TN)


Gal 6.15

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”


Jesus Christ is not interested in *just* making you a good boy. He is definitely not interested in helping you to be a “good ole boy.” Our Lord came, suffered, died, resurrected & ascended to make each of us a New Creation (Gal 6.15). Do not settle for less.

– eab, 5/20/18


“Moloch and Rephen are planetary divinities, member of the ‘host of heaven’…kaiwan is an Assyrian name for the planet Saturn…”

– F F Bruce, /Book of Acts/


Does your pastor exalt holiness? Does he preach about, lift up, & actually live the holy life?  How many sermons have been entirely devoted to explaining the need for, or provision of, or “glory” of being wholly given to & filled with the Holy Spirit, in the last year? In a year most men will preach (more than once) the themes near their hearts.

– eab, 5/20/18

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Pro 22.7

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and

the borrower is servant to the lender.” [emphasis added]


If you can’t pay cash (or pay off the credit card in the next pay-cycle) don’t buy small items. “But we need it.” If you are a child of God He’s promised to supply all your need (Php 4.19). “Well, He hasn’t supplied this one.” Friend, check your status with God. He may be waiting for you to obey in an area where you’re “dragging-your-feet.” Or, He may have an answer-on-the-way & you need patience to wait.

– eab, 5/8/18


“God has nothing to cover up but in every case has used languages to enlighten and

liberate the world of mankind.”

– A L Vess, fr his /Bible on Tongues/


When our Lord rose from Mt Olivet, He did it in His Human Body. Normally when a saint leaves earth he leaves his body here (except those two E-men: Enoch & Elijah). Christ took His Body with Him – I like that!

– eab, 5/12/18



House or Home ?

A house may be built with boards and bricks

Masons and carpenters thus get their “kicks,”

But a home is built of love.

Materials (above) have their widths and lengths

Are know for their endurance and strengths,

But a home is built of love.

Houses, cute or crude, have their dimension

Answering to the architect’s imagination.

Houses may be short or tall

Behind country fence or cultured wall,

Be of some value, or cheaply made

Easy to defend or easy to invade,

But the best house is a tent compared

To the home love built, fitted and squared

That home made of love, love, love.

– eab, May 2016



Mat 5.6

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness…”


Once money becomes your god, it’s like the True God, you can never have enough of it. You can replace “money” (above) with “sex” or “sports” or any other lesser “god.” We’re made to want more & more of the Real God or, if you insist on having a substitute “god,” more of it.

– eab, 5/19/18


“It is almost taken for granted in the New Testament that Tribulation is the normal lot of Christians.”

– F F Bruce, /Book of Acts/


Jesus is the Word. He is the Divine Express of God. Jesus is not a Number – numbers have an inordinate influence in modernity. Jesus is not a musical Note – notes hold too much power over men. Jesus is not an Image – images have grown (not declined). Millions watch movies: Adoring, “Believing” in, Imitating in dress & speech, the falseness of hollywood imagery. Stop. Jesus is the Word. Please grasp these 4 words!

– eab, 5/19/18

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Isa 57.15

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”


Eternity is coming! There is nothing you can do to stop it. Period. You might hasten it (being a daredevil or abusing your body) or you may hold it off a bit (healthy living) but you & I cannot stop it. Eternity is the most inevitable, Inevitable, ever.

– eab, 5/14/18


“He sanctified you to make you a more fruitful Christian.”

– B J Walker, sermon 8/4/09


What actors speak in film (made famous by media – hyped as “great” – therefore a “must” to see) is repeated by the audience as important. Sadly, those words were purposely placed there with an agenda – “scripts” don’t just happen. Some billionaire who wishes to change society, change the world for evil (but he’d say it is for “good” Isa 5.20) is leading the audience away from the Eternal Word of God & the really important Words of the Word are being ignored.

– eab, May 2018



When you see by dress or walk

Or hear in loud, boisterous talk

An exhibition of carnal pride.

Pray for that girl or that “hulk”;

There’s a needy person inside.

– eab, 5/14/18


Job 27.8

“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?”


Authenticity: If you’re into songs of national origins (your nation/other) it’s probably best to hear one sung by a true patriot (not an actor). If you like songs of the south (bayou/plantation) it’s more enjoyable to hear a rendition by a voice rich in southern, native tones (not a wannabe). Without question, if you love the Lord, it’s only fair to Him & your faith to hear His praise sung by a person whose life resonates the truth which his mouth is portraying (not a compromiser). Please, Friend, for your soul’s sake, listen only to voices (live or recorded) which truly reflect the Savior – not a worldly “famous” or merely trained voice.

– eab, 5/15/18


“The wars of Israel were the only ‘holy wars’ in history for they were the wars of God against the world of idols.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/


Admittedly there are more important themes than some of my posts (& a myriad of other posts I see – – – but I digress. J) Hopefully the most important & those nearly as important are covered from time to time by eab posts. However, across 60(+) yrs of family/church/school/government observation, I’ve seen a truth here, a fact there, which some reader may have missed. Please allow a lesser than your “Top Ten Points” to be addressed occasionally – your neighbor, even your child, may benefit from that observation.

– eab, 5/18/18

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Rev 21.8

“…Murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone”


A lie tries to hide something. All lies are despicable & have satan behind them (Joh 8.44b). We should never accept lying as “normal,” even in a dishonest society, for ourselves, or for our children. (If you tell a “little white lie” you’re guilty of a big black sin.)

– eab, 5/6/18


“Bees don’t fight honey – Christians don’t fight holiness.”

– George B Vernon II


Every soul enjoying heaven was separated from the world in e*v*e*r*y way that God directed them to be. Every soul incarcerated in hell was, in some way, connected to the world (although it may have appeared that they were separated from it). Those in heaven have not missed the world. Those in hell would “give the world” if they could redo their decision. “…If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1Jo 2.15).

– eab, 5/8/18



Where leads the road from commencement?

Ah, yes – where leads that road?

And what be its direction,

And, how heavy its load,

That load, on the road, from commencement.

– eab, May 1968


Jas 1.3

“Knowing [this] that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”


Never allow satan to convince you that what God is of you is “really insignificant”. God doesn’t play games. When the Lord requires you to “give up” something He knows that that particular “item” is crucial to your eternal salvation.

– eab, 5/8/18


…The greatest poem ever written consists of one hundred and eighty-eight words. It is the Twenty-Third Psalm.

– Bruce Barton


DEATH. Once it was

D Distant, then it was for

E Everybody else, then you were

A Aware it was

T Today – – – Now it is

H Heaven or hell.  – eab,  5/9/18

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Gen 1.14

“…God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;

and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years”


Man & his God-given earth, do not belong to some mysterious, every-expanding “universe.” * The stars were made after & for the earth (Gen 1). They were given to us as a viewable-to-all “time piece” (Gen 1.14), the largest “clock” in the world. Contrary to modern “science” the stars will fall to the earth (Mat 24.29 & Rev 6.13) – the final star-earth or earth-star relationship. *This is the anti-God “big bang theory.

– eab, 5/3/18


“If you are willing to listen, God can get you to a clean heart & get you to heaven.”

– Ken Thompson, IHC sermon 4/17/18


People who say that they love God but who do not love holiness, either have an incorrect view of God or a tainted view of holiness.

– eab, 5/6/18



Commencement – a beginning of service I trust.

Or will you be, the one to see

Material gain as a must?

Gain in realm of fame of name,

Or pounds of finest gold dust.

Will you be the one, to hinder the Son,

And sit or lie as time goes by

And millions are born and millions die,

And souls are seen, as birds, to fly,

While the church thinks of Me, Mine, and My.

Commencement – a beginning of what?

A beginning of service – I trust!

– eab, May 1968


Rev 22.15

“For without are dogs & sorcerers & whoremongers & murderers &

idolaters & whosoever loveth & maketh a lie.”


Sinners tell lies – and that’s the truth! No christian tells lies – and that is the truth! “What about X or Y (some historical figure)?” If they said they lied & they say they’re a Christian, you’ll have to leave that between God & them. However, His Word says, “…All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone…” (Rev 21.8). – eab, 5/6/18



“Wheresoever ungodly songs are sung there will the devils be gathered together.”

– Chrysostom


Love truth. Teach your children to love truth. It will put you & them in the greatest “company” possible: the Creator & Triune God. Lies, by scary contrast, are told by all varieties of sinners & criminals – you don’t want to live or die in the company of liars.

– eab, 5/6/18

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Rev 14.10

“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God…and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”


A worldly church, “evangelical” or “holiness,” tends to make the worldly attendee, comfortable. A church, of all walled-structures, should be a place we feel God. And no one, saint or sinner, (if he has the correct view of God) is 100% comfortable in the Presence of Perfection Personified Who is absolutely Eternal.

– eab, 5/3/18


“It does not take a true Christian long to scent & detect the ‘wild gourd in the pot’.”

– George  Straub


It doesn’t matter a fillip * Folks, what your obit says. If you’re in heaven you’ll be so joyous in God’s presence, so enthralled with His beauty, so grateful for His mercy, you’ll have no interest (IMO) in the land you just escaped. If, (a huge IF) you could hear your obit, you might be embarrassed at praise coming your way which should’ve been given to Christ. And, heaven forbid, if you go below, hearing a “glowing” obit would simple add to your torment. *A 2-syllable word meaning “snap of your finger” (5-syllables)

– eab, 5/3/18



Rain has its place

It is a greening grace.

But sunshine is also nice

Variety: like sugar and spice.

– eab, 5/3/10


Gen 1.16-17

“…God made…the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

“And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth”


God does not charge one dollar to be wirelessly, flawlessly, never-out-of-range, connected to Him. (Imagine that!) I wrote never-out-of-range then almost immediately realized we can “mobilize” to where we no longer get “reception.” If you’re willing to again come into range AND (please don’t take this lightly) God is merciful to give you a 2nd chance, you can again connect.

– eab, 4/24/18



“Ignorance of the Holy Scriptures is the cause of all evils.

If we go unarmed to battle how can we escape.”

– Chrysostom


Connecting (modern media) with the world takes money. Connecting with God takes no money. We throw a lot of dollars at the “need” to be connected to save time. To be connected to God will take time, something we do not want to “spend.” – eab, 4/24/18

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Main reason you’ve not seen posts last two day? It’s time to prepare to have a garden & “green thumb” or no, I’m trying to do that. Been making another (different) raised bed for okra. 5/3/18


Pro 22.6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”


If you were the devil would you leave Home Schooling alone? Of course not. Home schooling parents have the greatest possible avenues toward holy influence. But a hasty decision about text materials, careless associations with other home schoolers who aren’t strongly interested in heaven, an over emphasis on the same subjects the state school is pushing, can do great damage to this golden opportunity. Don’t muff it.

– eab, 4/27/18


Speaking of George Whitefield, “…it is doubtful whether he ever made a congregation laugh…”

– Able Stevens, History of Meth.


“…If I  [Jesus Christ speaking] be lifted up…” (Joh 12.32) – Is Christ lifted up by our conversations?  By our clothing?  Is He lifted up by our cultural involvement?  By our financial commitments?

– eab, 4/30/18



If all you have is a single tree

Beneath which to sit or stand,

And all beyond is a

Nondescript, ordinary land.

No mountain draws you eye

To its upward soaring crest,

No river rolls at your feet

Churning at a river’s best.

And you don’t even have a hill

On which to contemplate.

Your world seems so “samish”

Nothing your quick mind to bait;

Thank God each day

For His warm rising sun,

For its slipping upward, then

Downward till it’s day is fully run.

And enjoy its change of shadow,

First great then lessening through noon,

Then an opposite shadow grows,

Filling space slowly or soon.

The daily sun gives the plain,

The simple landscape, though flat,

A lustrous changing, almost living.

Friend, enjoy where ever you’re “at.”

– eab, 5/3/07


Jas 2.19

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”


You don’t feel at home in this world? That’s encouraging. Please though, for your soul’s sake, do not read that as a sure sign you’re a Christian. Many a level-headed, non-faddish sinner is “put out” with this or that aspect of a world headed to perdition. (What un-awakened sinners don’t see but saints do, is that all sin connects back to satan.) No thinking Christian is more “at-home” on earth than he was a year ago.

– eab, 5/2/18



[Its] almost impossible to get Christians to attend a service where God is the only attraction.”

– A W Tozer


Read the prophetic Books/Book sections (OT & NT) & ask the Author to help you understand what He wants/needs you to understand *today*. (Your understanding may well be deeper a year later.) Flee, however, whole-sale acceptance of any man’s “prophecy charts.” In the process, be much more in love with the Christ of Prophecy than with prophecy itself.

– eab, 5/3/18

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